Top treats and trends for your crowning glory

Ok, we’re finally ditching the woolly hats and, with the prospect of Summer on the horizon, now is the perfect time to treat your tresses to a bit of TLC.

Ok, we’re finally ditching the woolly hats and, with the prospect of Summer on the horizon, now is the perfect time to treat your tresses to a bit of TLC.

The Winter winds, cold and central heating can all play havoc with our hair leaving our locks dry, brittle and out of condition so getting a proper treatment to suit your hair type is essential if you are going to tame it in time for Summer.

Condition it

There are plenty of DIY home care treatments with particularly good rescue remedies from Aussie Hair products which you simply work into wet hair, leave for an allotted amount of time and then wash out.

But if your hair is in need of some serious intervention then you really should speak to your hairdresser for the perfect treatment for your hair type. They will correctly diagnose the condition of your hair and apply the appropriate treatment and, best of all, at most hairdressers you’ll also get a scalp massage as part of the treatment.

The treatments used all work at a very deep level to improve the look and health of your hair, transforming even the most unmanageable mane into sleek, shiny hair to be proud of. And your hairdresser will also be able to advise you about the best products to use on your hair.

Change is a good thing!

Summer is also the perfect time to change your style. If you have the same hairstyle for the last few years and you really do nothing different with your hair or worse, you find yourself constantly wearing it up in a pony tail ‘just to get it out of the way’ then it’s time you got a style update.

There are plenty of cuts and colours out there to choose from and it’s up to you whether you want to go for a dramatic change or just a fresh take on your usual style. Remember that you have to be realistic about what can be achieved with your hair type and condition. You have to also consider how much time you can devote to styling your hair and what your lifestyle is. If you don’t have much time then stay well clear of styles which require hours of straightening or blow drying.

Here’s a quick rundown on some of the top trends for hair in 2012 to help inspire you to creating a new look this Summer.

Bob style

Bobs range this year from sleek short caps reminiscent of the 20s to more tousled longer bobs with a side fringe. Bobs are great if you are growing out your hair and because they usually have a bit of extra length they can be tied back if necessary. New for this year is the A-line bob, an asymmetrical look which incorporates a side parting. Ultimate star inspiration: the classy Keira Knightley!

Pixie cute

Not for the faint hearted the pixie cut can look dramatic on all face shapes but it needs layers to ensure that it doesn’t sit flat. This won’t suit extremely curly hair, unless you’re set to go super short and it does require regular trims to ensure it looks its best. However, on the plus side it is easy to care for. The down side is that it means you can no longer hide behind your hair! Ultimate star inspiration: Actress, Michelle Williams.

Lazy waves

Those blessed with gorgeous medium or longer length hair in good condition can opt for the latest trend - lazy waves. These are loose waves created by the use of curling tongs or soft rollers, or, if you have naturally wavy hair, with the help of a diffuser. The idea is to get extra body but not make it too obviously styled. Best of all you can try this at home for something different without having to head to the hairdressers! Ultimate star inspiration: Mila Kunis gorgeously glossy locks.

Hidden Layers

No, not those hideous obvious layers that seem to take forever to grow out, the modern take on layers is much more subtle. This especially works well for hair which is slightly longer than shoulder length. Here razored ends give the cut movement and keep it from looking drab or drapey. Ultimate star inspiration: the always stunning Gwyneth Paltrow.

Short fringes

Yes, years ago these were more a result of us taking the scissors to our own hair but now this former fashion disaster has become somewhat of a fashion statement. You have to be very confident to carry this off and remember it will take forever to grow it out so be sure before you try this look. Ultimate star inspiration: Star of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’, Rooney Mara.

Lighten up

Bored with your hair colour but not confident enough for a huge change? Use highlights to give your crowning glory a new lease of life. Best done by a professional hairdresser you can chose from fine highlights throughout your hair or a few chunkier highlights around your face. Popular colours now include warm honey tones for light brown hair, and ice blondes for those with lighter locks. Some celebrities are even trying their hand at the colour dip trend where the bottom inches of your hair are dipped in a different colour but the jury is still out on whether this is sophisticated or just plain silly.